Fried Cauliflower Rice with Shrimp, Sugar Snap Peas, and Red Pepper

This tasty low-carb version of shrimp fried rice is loaded with antioxidant vegetables.   The cauliflower resembles rice once it’s grated.  Be sure to use gluten-free, or Paleo soy sauce.


  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into pieces and pulse in food processor or grated until it resembles pieces of rice (or use 2 cups fresh chopped cauliflower rice that comes in a bag.)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped small
  • 4-6 peeled garlic cloves
  • 4-6 slices ginger root
  • 4 green onions, sliced in 1/2 inch diagonal pieces
  • 2 T soy sauce (see notes for Gluten-Free or Paleo)
  • 2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 egg, beaten well
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sugar snap peas (slice on diagonal)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (or a little more shrimp won’t hurt)
  • 4 oz. cooked shrimp, cut into pieces
  • 1 T + 2 tsp. high smoke point oil (such as avocado oil or safflower oil)


  1. It’s very important to have all the ingredients chopped and prepped before you start to stir fry.
  2. Cut the cauliflower in half, cut out the core and discard, and cut half the cauliflower into chunks, saving the rest for another use. Put the cauliflower pieces into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until the cauliflower is chopped into small pieces resembling rice.
  3. If you don’t have a food processor you can grate the cauliflower on the large side of a cheese grater.
  4. Chop the onion into 1/2 inch pieces, peel the garlic cloves, and cut some slices of ginger root.  Slice the green onion diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces.
  5. Whisk together the soy sauce and sesame oil, and beat the egg.
  6. Slice the sugar snap peas diagonally into thin slices until you have 1 cup sliced sugar snap peas and chop the red bell pepper into 1/4 inch pieces.
  7. Cut the shrimp into bite-sized pieces
  8. Heat the pan over high heat for 30-60 seconds, then add the oil and heat 30-60 seconds, or until it sizzles if you add a drop of water. Add the garlic cloves and ginger slices and cook just until they are fragrant, then remove.
  9. Add the chopped onion and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is starting to get slightly brown on the edges.  Add the chopped cauliflower and stir fry 2-3 minutes. Remove cauliflower to a plate. (Wipe out the pan or wok if the cauliflower sticks to the sides.)
  10. Add 2 tsp. more oil and heat until it sizzles if you add a drop of water.  Add the sugar snap peas and red bell pepper and stir-fry about 2 minutes.
  1. Push vegetables to the side of the wok and add the egg, using a wooden spoon to stir and break it apart until it’s cooked and resembles a chopped scrambled egg.
  2. Put the cauliflower back into the wok and heat about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and about 3/4 of the green onion pieces and cook 1-2 minutes, just long enough to heat the shrimp.
  3. Add the soy-sesame mixture and stir fry until all the ingredients are coated with it, about a minute more. Serve hot.


Note: Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce.  Coconut Aminos can be substituted for Paleo

Thanks to Kalyn and Jake at

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